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Curtain Raiser ‘Mini–Conclave’ held for J&K Global Investors Summit in Ladakh

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LEH, SEPTEMBER 05: In order to promote industrialization and attract investments in the state, Government of J&K is organizing its maiden Global Investors’ Summit, 2019 “Invest Jammu & Kashmir”. The summit kick started from Leh with the conduct of Ladakh Mini Conclave chaired by CEC, LAHDC, Gyal P Wangyal as the chief guest on the occasion.

Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce Navin Kumar Choudhary, Divisional Commissioner Ladakh Saugat Biswas, MD SIDCO Ravinder Kumar, DC/CEO LAHDC Leh Sachin Kumar, DC/CEO, LAHDC Kargil Baseer Ul Haq Choudhary, DDC Leh Moses Kunzang, Director Industries & Commerce and Mehmood Shah, Zonal Chairman, CII Ladakh Zonal Council Nawang Thinles and state officials of CII were present on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, CEC Gyal Wangyal stressed on the need to find the right mix of policies that optimizes trade’s contribution to the social and economic development of J&K and Ladakh. He said that such conclave will provide opportunity to showcase the strengths and potential of the region, besides giving first hand information about business friendly policies of the government, assess infrastructure, natural resources, raw material, availability of skilled and unskilled manpower, to identify new business avenues in state and to develop networking between local and outside business communities. He highlighted the potential of white kernel apricot, Pashmina etc as the most promising business ventures in Leh. 

 

Speaking on the occasion, Navin Choudhary said that till date three things mainly violence, not knowing the place and wrong perception about land has kept the state of J&K deprived of industrial and economic development. He asserted that political development must facilitate economic development and improved industrial and service sector will help people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh realize their dream. He stressed on the possibilities to explore potential of tourism and service sectors in Leh and said that power could be the biggest revenue generation sector for Ladakh.

On the demand of CEC, he gave full assurance to provide the funds to around 70 young entrepreneurs in Leh under JKEDI that was pending in next 10 days. He also assured to consider reducing the premium charged by SITCO in Ladakh. He stressed on the need to draft a master plan of Leh and Kargil and to have their own policies in tourism, industrial and service sectors considering the local requirement and geographic and environmental feasibility. He instructed both the DC’s of Leh and Kargil to conduct a full day seminar in next 10 days of young entrepreneurs and other stakeholders to debate on the kind of investors required from outside in the districts and submit the detail list of suggestions and requirements to him at the earliest possible.

DC, Leh Sachin Kumar, said that cultural attitude, lack of infrastructure, skill gaps and remoteness from the market is the current obstacle for business creation in Ladakh. Keeping in mind with the numbers of opportunities he agreed with the 8 points agenda for growth being published by CII and expressed hopes to reduce the obstacles so that industry can thrive in this remote region of Ladakh.  He thanked J&K Industry Department and CII for organizing this Investor Summit Mini Conclave in Leh, Ladakh.

DC Kargil Baseer Ul Haq Choudhary, Director Industries & Commerce Mehmood Shah and Zonal Chairman, CII Ladakh Zonal Council Nawang Thinles also spoke on the occasion followed by a question and answer session. The participants including young local entrepreneurs, members of ALTOA, Trade Association, representatives from NGOs and senior business men attended the Mini Conclave


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Declare birth anniversary of Hari Singh public holiday: Karan Singh to Guv

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Senior Congress leader Karan Singh on Friday urged Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik to declare his father Hari Singh”s birth anniversary next week as a public holiday, asserting that it was due to the state”s erstwhile ruler that it became a part of India.

Singh, the former Sadar-e-Riyasat of Jammu and Kashmir, said that for many years there had been a strong demand to declare the birthday of Hari Singh as a public holiday.

“In fact, both my sons had a resolution to this effect passed in the legislative council some years ago, but so far no action has been taken. The birth anniversary is on Monday, September 23,” he said in a statement.

“Let us recall that it was due to Maharaja Hari Singh ji that Jammu and Kashmir state became a part of India when he signed the instrument of accession on October 26, 1947. Apart from that he was a progressive and a far-sighted ruler who instituted many social and economic reforms for the welfare of the people,” he said.

Singh said as far back as 1929, his father had declared all temples in the state open to Dalits.

“I urge the governor to declare this day as a public holiday,” he said

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Rs 16.5 crore released for completing major drinking water, drainage projects in Srinagar

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SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 18: The government has released around 16.5 crore rupees to complete major drainage and drinking water network projects in Srinagar.

This was informed here in a meeting with concerned departments held under the chairmanship of District Development Commissioner Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary.

The amount released under the Special Area Development Programme or SADP 2019-20 includes 13.5 crore rupees released to SMC Drainage and 3 crore rupees released to PHE Department.

 

The projects cover various areas across Srinagar and benefit a large population put together. Most of these projects either revamp the old existing infrastructure or fill infrastructural gaps in order to augment the vital facilities of drainage and drinking water network.

These include 26 works under the drainage sector and 4 works under that of drinking water network.

The former covers a total of some 9 kilometres of road length in areas across Srinagar including various low-lying areas and various areas in the old city. These include main roads as well as lanes — at Lal Chowk, Abi Guzar, Raj Bagh, IG Road, Mehjoor Nagar, Nowgam, Chanapora, Mominabad Batamaloo, Malroo Shalteng, Hamdaniya Colony Bemina, Zainakote, Kaluna Colony and Rose Avenue HMT, Bishamber Nagar, Mandibal Nowshera, Jamia Masjid to Zawoora, Shahanshah and Umer Colony Lal Bazar, Firdous Colony Buchpora among others.

This also includes construction of a dewatering station and sluice chamber at Nowgam at a cost of 85 lac rupees.

The projects under the PHE sector include replacement of worn-out water distribution system in Bemina area at 191 lac, installation of 100 mm dia DI main line from Zakura to Habbak for augmentation and improvement of water supply to these areas at 51.5 lac, realignment of supply line and construction of sluice chamber at Alamgari Bazar to make way for long-pending construction of drainage through the area at 45 lac, and installation of 100 mm dia main supply for augmenting WSS Gasoo supplies at 9.5 lac.

The meeting was informed that all these projects will be completed by the end of March 2020.

Dr Shahid while speaking on the occasion emphasised the importance of these projects and how these will bridge shortfalls in drainage and drinking water networks in these areas. He directed both the departments to ensure all these works are completed within the deadline.

Concerned officers including SE Drainage SMC and SE Hydraulics PHE and JD Planning Srinagar were present in the meeting.

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SSC to conduct exams for J&K and Ladakh students in September

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SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 17: Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is going to conduct four examinations for the candidates of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh at Jammu, Samba, Leh and Chandigarh in the month of September.

According to the details, for Junior Engineers Examination-2018, the SSC will conduct the examination at Jammu, Samba, Leh from 23 September to 27 September. 4279 candidates are going to appear in the examination.

The examination of MTS (NT)-2018, for the remaining candidates of Srinagar centre, will be held on 27 September at Jammu. 2872 candidates are going to appear in the examination.

The examination for SI in CAPFs (Paper-11)-2018, will be conducted on 27 September in Chandigarh in which one candidate is going to appear.

Furthermore CHSL Exam (Tier-11)-2018, will be held at Jammu on 29 September in which 16 candidates will appear.

SSC had advised the candidates to download their admit cards containing information regarding date, shift, centre, venue of respective examinations and important instructions from the website of the SSC (www.sscnwr.org). SSC also said that the admit cards would also be sent to the individual candidate by e-mail and SMSs with the requisite information.

In case of any assistance, the students have been advised to contact the office of concerned Divisional Commissioner, Deputy Commissioners and Staff Selection Commission (North Western Region), Kendriya Sadan, Sector-9A, Chandigarh (UT) Phone-0172-2744366.

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